Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
First of all, cute title! Secondly, I like the price point under $20 - so many new books, even paperbacks, are clocking in at a $25+ nowadays. This is a fun book, with 25 ideas beyond the usual expected DIY embellishments. While obviously geared towards Generation Y and X'rs, there are some neat tricks grabbing my attention. Working more with grommets for starters. I've got tons of packages in different sizes and colors bought on clearance and their projects made me look at my pending plans with a "hmmm - I could use these on those." One project in particular caught my eye - the Tentacle jacket on page 55. Despite best attempts to keep my sweaters from stretching out of shape, this technique could help bring them back to wearable. I think this would be a great book to inspire a new generation of creative people. While not all strictly sewing (there's painting and embellishing, too), it's a good jump-off point for them to get going. And with the economy and environment at the forefront of our attention - the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra is very applicable to this book. Save money, have fun.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I can't decide which one I like better. But because they are so chocolaty-yummy, 1 square of each should set you right with the world again. It doesn't matter which one you eat first! My chocolate enablers, T and L, found these at Walgreens. They are about $3-$4 per bag of about 12 pieces...and usually on sale for $3. I'm on the lookout at Costco for them.
Hershey's Whole Bean: 40% less sugar, 7g of fiber! And they consider a serving 4 pieces!? So just divide these numbers by four when a little chocolate fix will do ya. Calories 200, total fat 13g, saturated fat 8g, cholesterol 10mg, sodium 45mg, total carb 20g, sugars 13g, protein 4g. Vitamin A 2%, Calcium 25%, Iron 4%.
Hershey's Natural Flavanol Antioxidant Milk Chocolate: More flavanol antioxidants than the leading dark chocolate. I don't know what a flavanol is, but it sure tastes good! Here's the details for these, again for a 4 piece serving. Calories 190, total fat 12g, saturated fat 7g, cholesterol 10mg, sodium 30mg, total carb 23g, dietary fiber 1g, sugars 21g, protein 3g. Calcium 8%, Iron 6%
Friday, January 25, 2008
Ricky's was good, you must agree the rivet/button-fly closure was a creative closure. But the win? Most likely a bone toss to keep him around another episode to be auf'd later in case of a stumble by a designer already predestined for Bryant Park.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Ready for the math? It's not really that bad, and no trans fats!
York: 6g total fat, 4g saturated, 10mg sodium, 11g total carbohydrate, 9g sugars, <1g fiber
Reese's: 6g total fat, 2.5g saturated, 50mg sodium, 11g total carbohydrate, 8g sugars, 2g protein, 0g fiber.
Is this a health bar? No, it tastes too good. But if you need to spend 100 calories to keep you from diving into something worse and doing further damage to your healthy living plan, they are calories well spent.
P.S. Have you noticed York's new tagline? York-Be Sensational!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I don't know why it took so long for us to get around to watching this movie, but don't you make the same mistake. Charming, entertaining, bonus if you like tennis. Again, we loved the DVD's special features. Rated PG-13, nothing really to flinch at, tastefully done. 4.5/5.0 stars
Friday, January 18, 2008
I told myself if I found it (again), it was meant to be...at only $24.98 (original price $99.99), how could I afford not to? My regular Super Target had a couple last month and I passed because it was priced $49.99. But I did paws for a brief moment and then moved on. The next time I was there, they were gone! Yesterday, I found one in the box marked down to $24.98 and one out of the box missing just about everything - including the needle!...(what kind of sickos deface a sewing machine?!) - for $17.28. I went home, thought about it and decided to go back for the boxed one. Alas it found a home with someone else in less than 2 hours. L and I drove to another Super Target 5 miles away. Nada, zip. Today we were in a different part of town and we do a quick check - Whoops there it is! One by itself. In the sealed box! Along with three packages of bobbins marked down to 23 cents. In the cart they go. I'll give it a twirl later tonight. It's always good to have a back-up for my back-up and a light-weight machine for when my 100x more expensive machine is being serviced or when traveling. Or even for L when she goes off to college. Target still has them available online, but at the full price. So go check those endcaps and if you see it and want it, grab it. Second chances don't usually happen, but destiny does.
It turned out great! Kind of chai-y because I used both a sprinkle of cardamon and cinnamon (which is what I figured was 1/3 of 1/4 teaspoon) and a splash of vanilla. By cutting down the ingredients by a third, I divided the 2 cups of milk into 1 2/3 cup milk for step one and 1/3 cup milk in step two. And it made plenty, a little goes a long way to fill you up. Grade: B+/I'll make it again
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Red Target "Green Bag"...pretty color combination scrapbooking paper...silver glitter sticker letters (also comes in other type fonts and colors - gold, pink, red) - only 1 upper/lower case letter, except for "o" so you may want to get more than one package, depending what you are trying to spell!
For finally cracking the American Kennel Club's Top 10 list of most popular dogs in the USA after an absence of more than 70 years! My husband, a former Marine, and his family have always had a soft spot for the bully, with snow white Matilda and tan and white Captain. Bulldogs have always been an underground favorite - remember The Captain and Tennille "Love Will Keep Us Together" album back posing with their two bulldogs, Broderick and Elizabeth? The current "Rob and Big" show featuring Meaty? And of course, the USMC's Chesty. With average prices in Houston ranging from $1,600 - $2,200; why not check out The Lone Star Bulldog Rescue site and adopt for one less than 1/3 the going rate?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
MINI HAM AND CHEESE QUICHES
2 tablespoons butter, melted...12 slices white sandwich bread...1 large egg slightly beaten...1/4 cup diced cookied ham...1/4 cup shreadded white cheddar (or swiss)...1/4 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)...salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350, brush a 24-cup mini muffin pan with 1 tablespoon of butter, set aside. Stack two slices of bread on a work surface; using a rolling pin, flatten to an 1/8" thickness. With a 2" round cutter, cut 2 rounds from stack; separate to yield 4 bread rounds. Repeat with remaining bread to make 24. Fit rounds into prepared muffin cups, be careful not to tear. Brush bread with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes (don't overbake or the result will be crunchy quiche!). Cool in pan to room temperature, leave oven on. In medium bowl stir together egg, ham, cheese, cream/milk, salt and pepper. Spoon 1 teaspoon of egg mixture into each bread cup. Bake until filling is set, 13-15 minutes.
From Everyday Food, Issue #47 - November 2007, page 68
Saturday, January 12, 2008
4.5/5 stars! What a nice/quirky a la "Waitress"-type independent film! While it didn't play here in Texas -- (I think maybe only in NYC, though there was a reference to UT), this was definitely not the straight-to-dvd dreck. Netflix recommended it for me because of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, Elizabethtown, Freaks and Geeks, et al movies I rated 4-5 stars. I loved seeing the pretty-big/pretty-well known names -- Alexis Bledel, Jay Baruchel, Katey Sagal, Schuyler Fisk (a spitting image of her mom, Sissy Spacek), Chris Parnell... Fun plot twists and turns, you truly won't be able to guess ahead for the ending. Add it to your queue, too.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
The Weekend Baker, Abigail Johnson Dodge, 2005, ISBN: 0-393-05883-2, Library Call No. 641.815 Publisher's list price $30
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Timbuk 3, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" 3:23
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
VEGGIE PASTA SALAD
8 oz. uncooked tricolor spiral pasta (about 3 cups)...3 small tomatoes chopped...1 cup each red bell pepper, zucchini and carrots chopped...3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar...2 teaspoons dried basil...2 tablespoons olive oil...1 tablespoon sugar...1 teaspoon dried oregano...2 minced garlic cloves...1 teaspoon salt...1/8 teaspoon pepper...1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Cook pasta according to package directions. In large bowl, combine the vegetables, vinegar, basil, oil, sugar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water, stir into vegetable mixture. Add parm cheese, toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Serving size 1 cup, 10 servings.
108 calories, 5g fat (1g sat), 4mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 13g carb, 2g fiber, 4g protein
--- You can also add 1 cup sliced green onions, 1 cup chopped celery and use fresh instead of dried basil and oregano, 2 and 1 tablespoons respectively. Obviously this is a summer garden bounty recipe. But when it is 32 degrees outside (!) and the HEB was not heated (!!!), I grabbed and got the heck out of there. Mind, celery and onions were MIA. I also didn't use as much salt, pepper or sugar.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
5 stars for Stardust! Rated PG-13, it's a movie you can all watch and not have to avert the eyes. L said it was a very good adaption of the book by author Neil Gaimon, and Tristan (Charlie Cox) was well-cast. Also stars Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett and Robert De Niro (!) Beautiful scenery, too.